Mobile & Walk-In Fingerprinting Services
For your convenience, we offer both Mobile Services and Walk In Appointments. Our Mobile Fingerprinting Services are made by appointment and are available 24 hours a Day, 7 days a Week. Federal Fingerprinting is based out of California but will consider travel for fingerprinting throughout the U.S.
Our Walk In Service is located at: 80 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 inside the Mailbox and Postal Store near the cross streets of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave.
Please call us at 888-417-0203 for more information.
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- Walk-Ins: MUST CALL BEFORE YOU COME IN!
- Accepted Payment Types: Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Orders and Company Checks. We accept Credit Cards and Monthly Billing but ONLY for Reoccurring Company Accounts (Please Call to Setup).
- MUST have a Valid Government Issued ID (Examples: Drivers License, State ID, Passport, etc.
- MUST bring a Request for Live Scan Form that is filled out and completed.
- 1 person or 10,000 people, we can handle it all. Please give us a call for more details.
Live Scan Fingerprinting
Federal Fingerprinting uses Live Scan fingerprinting to obtain the best results for all your fingerprinting needs. Live Scan fingerprinting also known as digital fingerprinting is superior compared to the regular fingerprint ink cards. Live Scan fingerprinting results come back about 5 times faster than fingerprint cards and can be sent off the same day. We use the latest technology to assure you fast, accurate and good fingerprints. Live Scan fingerprinting is used about 95% of the time for all fingerprinting purposes in California.
Fingerprint Card – Ink Card Fingerprinting
Federal Fingerprinting provides fingerprint services for both Fingerprint Cards – Ink Cards and Live Scan Fingerprinting. Fingerprint Cards – Ink Cards are generally used when an applicant is applying for a job, license or permit outside of California. However sometimes Fingerprint Cards – Ink Cards are used for Federal background checks or in some cases when a Live Scan fingerprint will not go through you can use a Fingerprint Card – Ink Card instead. Fingerprint Cards – Ink Cards generally take 1 to 2 Months to go through and come back with results, compared to Live Scan fingerprinting which usually only takes a week or two.
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FBI Personal Record Review
Submitting an Identity History Summary Request to the FBI
Step 1: Complete the .
- If the request is for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign the form.
- Include your complete mailing address. Please provide your telephone number and/or e-mail address, if available.
Note: Due to automation of the mail process, tentatively scheduled for January 12, 2015, the FBI will no longer provide Identity History Summary results on blue security paper. All responses will be processed on standard white paper. Additionally, the FBI will no longer accept return self-addressed envelopes with Departmental Order requests. This includes pre-paid Priority Mail, FedEx account numbers, United Parcel Service, etc., foreign postage coupons, and requests to forward correspondence to the Department of State for the apostille process. Envelopes received will be destroyed. The FBI will return all results, both foreign and domestic, by First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service. Thank you for your patience as we try to streamline our processes to improve our service to you.
Step 2: Obtain a set of your fingerprints.
- Provide the original fingerprint card. Previously processed cards or copies will not be accepted.
- Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint card (FD-258 or equivalent) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes. The FBI will accept FD-258 fingerprint cards on standard white paper stock.
- Include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions).
- If possible, have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician. This service may be available at a law enforcement agency.
- Fingerprints taken with ink or via live scan are acceptable.
- To ensure the most legible prints possible. If fingerprints are not legible, the fingerprint card will be rejected. This could cause delays in processing and could also result in additional fees.
Note: The name on your response letter will match the name indicated on the fingerprint card. Also, if the last four digits of your social security number is needed on your response letter, then please ensure your full nine-digit social security number is on the fingerprint card when submitting your request.
Step 3: Submit payment.
- Option 1: Pay by credit card using the . Don’t forget to include the expiration date of the credit card that you are using.
- Option 2: Obtain a money order or certified check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States. Please be sure to sign where required.
- Important note: Cash, personal checks, or business checks WILL NOT be accepted and sending any of these will delay processing of your request.
- Payment must be for the exact amount.
- If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person.
- If the request is for multiple copies per person, include $18 for each copy requested.
- The FBI will not accept additional payment to expedite your request.
Step 4: Review the to ensure that you have included everything needed to process your request.
Step 5: Mail the required items listed above—signed applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment of $18 U.S. dollars for each person or copy requested—to the following address:
FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here is basic information for individuals needing to submit fingerprints to the DOJ for background checks.
Step One (1) – Get the forms
If you are applying for employment, license, certificate or permit with an applicant agency requiring a background check, you must get the instructions and the forms required for fingerprinting services from that agency. The agency will complete its information to ensure accuracy. You will need to add your personal information to the form before getting fingerprinted.
Step Two (2) – Get fingerprinted
Once you have obtained the necessary forms from the applicant agency, go to a local Live Scan site to be fingerprinted.
Please note: You must present valid photo identification when being fingerprinted. Expired identification information will not be accepted.
There also is a criminal history processing fee collected by the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the background checks. While often paid by the requesting agency, some applicants may be required to pay this fee themselves, so check with your requesting applicant agency. While the law requires applicant fingerprints to be captured and submitted electronically via Live Scan, DOJ does have limited statutory authority to issue an exemption to this mandate if an electronic transmission site is regionally unavailable or internal processing procedures dictate a need.
Step Three (3) – Wait for the results
Once the submission is received and processed, the DOJ will respond to the applicant agency either electronically or via U.S. mail.
While most of the time results are returned to the applicant agency within three days, delays can occur. Applicants should check, for the first seven days, with the applicant agency that requested the background review since the DOJ sends results directly to the applicant agency. Delays can be caused by poor fingerprint quality, the existence of any criminal information in the applicant’s record, birth dates before 1920, and incorrect data submitted on the electronic transaction. You can help prevent delays by making sure the Live Scan operator has entered ALL the information on your Live Scan form and entered it CORRECTLY.
A fingerprint-rolling fee may be collected when you get your fingerprints taken. Since this fee varies widely among locations, you will want to review the cost before going to a fingerprinting site. Be sure to check for any restrictions on method of payment, such as cash or money order only.
What is Live Scan fingerprinting?
Live Scan fingerprinting is a technology which allows us to capture your fingerprints electronically. After your fingerprints have been digitally captured they are then transmitted to the Department of Justice and/or FBI or other authorized receiving agencies. The true identity of individuals can only be established through the submission of their fingerprints.
Why Live Scan and not ink?
Most of the U.S. states are now requiring you to have your fingerprints taken using Live Scan. This new Live Scan technology allows us to replace the old manual ink method. With the electronic transfer of fingerprints it only takes seconds to transmit, instead of the days sending it with conventional US mail. The DOJ should receive your fingerprint submissions anywhere from a few hours up to 72 hours.
What you’ll need for Live Scan services…
You will need to bring your “Request For Live Scan Service” application, also known as a BCII 8016 form. You will need to complete numbers 1-6 on the top half of this as accurately and completely as possible.(Click here to download BCII 8016 “Request For Live Scan Service” form).In addition to the completed form, you will also need the following: ORI Code, Type of Application, Job Title or Type of License, Certification or Permit, Agency Address, Contributing Agency, Mail Code, Billing Number (Only if they are paying for your background check), OCA (Your Number) If applicable. IMPORTANT! You must also have or bring a Government Issued I.D. Examples: Drivers License, State Issued ID Card, Passport ID, Alien Residence Card, Military ID, Out-of-State ID Card or Drives License, etc. Your ID MUST BE VALID (it can not be expired)!
What is a ” Rolling Fee ”?
A rolling fee is the amount an agency charges to digitally capture your fingerprints and transmit them to the Department of Justice and/or FBI or other requesting agencies. This fee varies from agency to agency.
If I’ve already had my Live Scan fingerprints taken, do I need to be fingerprinted again?
Yes. By law (and in accordance with your right to privacy) organizations and/or companies may not share applicant background information. In some cases, however, teachers and school districts may share this info. Please check with your local school and district to see if this applies to you.
My fingerprints were rejected. What do I do now? Will I have to pay again?
Fingerprints can be rejected for several reasons. The most common reason is that the applicant’s fingerprints were too hard to read and subsequently were rejected. Reasons why they may have been rejected are: cracks, scars, cuts, bandages, worn down ridges, calluses or sweaty hands. If an applicant’s fingerprints are rejected due to any of these reasons, the originating Live Scan agency must re-take the applicant’s fingerprints at no additional cost if for any other reasons below. Other reasons why your fingerprint submissions may have been rejected:1) Your “Request For Live Scan Service” application was filled out incorrectly or was incomplete. When this happens the Live Scan agency must re-collect rolling fees and state charges.2) This rarely ever happens but if your fingerprints are rejected by DOJ and/or FBI (or other requesting agencies) due to any of the errors listed above, the Live Scan agency will take your fingerprints at no additional cost.If your fingerprints are rejected and you are having them re-taken you must bring your rejection letter from the Dept. of Justice and your original ATI (Applicant Transmission Identifier) number.
Check your Fingerprint Status with the 24-hour Automated Telephone Service: (916) 227-4557
If your requesting agency does not have results yet and the digital Live Scan fingerprints were submitted, you can use the automated telephone system to check on your submission. You will need the following information: (1) your date of birth; and (2) the 10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number that appears at the bottom of the Department of Justice form requesting Live Scan fingerprint background checks. The ATI number always appears in the following sequence: 1 LETTER; 3 NUMBERS; 3 LETTERS and 3 NUMBERS.